France: Strike vote at La Tribune

Staff at the financial paper have set management a deadline of 4pm today before they begin action.

Submitted by jef costello on January 30, 2008

The decision was taken at a general assembly of staff held on Tuesday. According to a spokesman for the unions involved: SNJ, SNJ-CGT/SGLCE and Infocom-CGT, workers voted in favour of strike action with 4 abstaining and 5 against. They are demanding that current parent company LMVH and Alain Weill CEO of its prospective owners respect the conditions that were agreed in December.

LMVH has owned La Tribune since 1993 and gained a monopoly of the financial preass last year after buying its more successful rival Les Echos, a deal which led to strike action by workers. Alain Weill is calling for the DGCCRF (monopolies commission) to approve the sale to prevent LMVH maintaining a monopoly in the sector. LMVH recently dismissed Les Echos director David Guiraud for 'failure to co-operation with the new management".